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What is a White Card and Where Can I Get One?

If you are interested in working within the construction industry, then you have probably heard about needing a White Card. 

But, what is a White Card? Who exactly needs one? And where can you get one? These are just some of the questions we will answer in our blog below!

What is a White Card?

A White Card is required by those who wish to carry out construction work. Also sometimes called a General Construction Induction Card, this qualification is mandatory for all persons who work on a construction site within Australia. The White Card has formerly been known by other names across Australia, including the Blue Card in Queensland, and the Red Card in Victoria. Now it is called a White Card across all states and territories. 

Who needs a White Card?

As mentioned above, a White Card is required to be held by all persons working on a construction site. According to SafeWork NSW, this includes: 

  • People who access operational construction zones (who are either unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person)
  • Site managers, surveyors, supervisors, labourers, and tradespeople
  • Those whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones

Persons must be at least 14 years of age to participate in the White Card training.

How do you get a White Card?

In order to be issued with a White Card, you will need to complete training and assessment, known as the White Card course. This course can be taken through any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers the training, such as Express Online Training. The Nationally Accredited Unit Code for this course is CPCCWHS1001. Once you have successfully completed and paid for this course, you will be issued with a White Card.

How long is a White Card valid for?

While you are working within the construction industry, your White Card will remain valid. However, if a person has been out of the industry for two consecutive years or more, the card becomes invalid, and the person must retake the course. 

Where can you get a White Card?

You can obtain a White Card from any RTO that offers the course. 

Obtaining a White Card in NSW

As the New South Wales Government does not allow online delivery of the NSW White Card course, it is only available through face-to-face instruction. Check out our page here to see our list of White Card training providers in NSW. 

Obtaining a White Card in QLD

From February 2019, the Queensland Government requires training for the White Card to be conducted face-to-face in Queensland. The exemption to this is for candidates who reside more than 100 kilometres from their nearest RTO that offers face-to-face White Card training, which allows these eligible people to complete the course online. 

However, during the COVID-19 crisis, QLD WorkSafe has approved Express Online Training to deliver the QLD White Card Class via online learning.

Please note: These online classes for the QLD White Card are only available until 17th August 2020.

Obtaining a White Card in VIC

The Victorian Government does not allow online delivery of the VIC White Card course, and as such, it is only available through face-to-face instruction. Check out our page here to see our list of White Card training providers in VIC.

Obtaining a White Card in WA

At Express Online Training, we are proud to offer an online White Card WA course for those looking to complete construction work in WA. We offer 7 day, locally-based support options, and will beat any competitor price by 10%. 

Obtaining a White Card in SA

The South Australian Government does not allow online delivery of the SA White Card course, and as such, it is only available through face-to-face instruction. Check out our page here to see our list of White Card training providers in SA.

Obtaining a White Card in TAS

We offer the White Card TAS Online course for any eligible person who wishes to work in the construction industry. Our courses are built for computers, along with mobile phones, and tablets, allowing you to complete them even when away from a computer. You also dont need Adobe Flash or a set of speakers to complete our courses!

Obtaining a White Card in NT

The NT White Card course is only available in a face-to-face setting, and the Northern Territory Government does not allow it to be delivered online. Check out our page here to see our list of White Card training providers in NT.

Obtaining a White Card in ACT

As the Australian Capital Territory Government does not allow online delivery of the ACT White Card course, it is only available through face-to-face instruction. Check out our page here to see our list of White Card training providers in the ACT.

So, what is a White Card? A White Card (also called a General Construction Induction Card) is a qualification legally required to be held by any person who works within the construction industry. We hope this page has helped you to learn more about the White Card, when it is required, and where you can complete the applicable course. If you would like to find out more about completing a White Card course or need help registering online (for an applicable course), get in touch with us at EOT today!

Express Online Training is a nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We offer online, fully accredited RSA, White Card, and RSG courses that you can complete at home, and at your own pace!

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